What can genetic genealogy tell us about our ancestors?

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genetic genealogy lesson plan
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In this lesson, advanced students discuss in depth the issues raised by the article they read at home, and learn vocabulary related to genealogy and history

C1 / Advanced
C2 / Proficiency
30 minCritical Reading ClubUnlimited Plan

This is a Critical Reading Club worksheet. With this format, students need to read an online article at home and do the exercises in the classroom. Learn more about how to use such worksheets and their benefits in our post.


The lesson starts with a quick warm-up in which students answer some simple questions to understand the difference between the words ancestors, deceased, descendants, kin. After that, they need to match seven question halves which include a lot of interesting vocabulary. Next, students have to find synonyms for eight words in the questions (e.g. objects – artefacts, solved – unravelled, discovered – unearthed). Finally, the worksheet ends with a discussion. Students discuss the questions which are related to the article they read (e.g. using artefacts for forensic examinations, what ethical quandaries genetic genealogists deal with, our descendants’ identity).





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  1. Sam O Neill

    Excellent lesson, my students loved it. The vocabulary is beautiful.

    1. Ewa

      That’s geat to hear, Sam 🙂

  2. ronnie.english.101

    Finally some C1 material 😀

    1. Ewa

      Hope your students enjoy it!

  3. Eric Jr.

    This is awesome!

    1. Ewa

      Thanks, Eric.

  4. Violet Lasser

    Thank you so much! Excellent lesson!

    1. Ewa

      Thank you 🙂


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